The Code of Practice for Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works brought in under the Building Control Regulations 2014 marks the end of one off visual inspections by architects for substantial development.  

Prior to this the architect certified compliance with Building Regulations (think fire proofing) generally on completion of the project.   How on earth could this properly confirm the building was safe without looking behind walls, under floors and roofs?  It couldn't and so architects certificates of compliance rightly or wrongly  became tick boxes for solicitors acting for a purchaser of property.   But they were never worth the paper they were written on. The certificates became waivers of responsibility for architects.  

We are all aware of the many apartment blocks now being exposed as unfit for human habitation principally because of a combined negligence by builders and architects.  That prompted the new Building Control Regulations which now makes architects more accountable for their role in certifying building safety.  

Now architects will be expected to produce an "Inspection Plan"  which takes full account of relevant factors for the building work concerned.  Those factors include: - 

(a) type of building, type of construction and expertise of the Builder;(b) how complicated or relatively straightforward the method of construction is;(c) whether recent experience indicates current problems in interpreting and/or achieving compliance with certain requirements;(d) how serious the consequences of a particular contravention might be;(e) the impracticability or impossibility of subsequent inspection of closed up work; and(f) the speed of construction, or methods of fast track construction.

At last meaningful inspection!